The Arty Plantsman

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September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Here in the UK, the mental heath charity MIND  has a very useful list of resources.

Some may find the following disturbing, and my views might seem a little contrary:

My most vivid memory of my teens is waking up in my room to realise, with a crushing disappointment, that I had survived the overdose I took the previous evening. My family never knew about my attempt. I spent the morning crying whilst cleaning up the vomit myself. No help was sought.

I was 17 and had recently started sixth-form college, away from the bullies that had plagued me for a decade. You might think this was great? It was – until I realised how badly damaged I was. Unable to cope with being around people I took to hiding in a small study area outside of class times, where I…

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